An episode of "Mama" from 1954 called "TR's Surprise Party".
July 24, 2016
Gay San Francisco Way Back When
Obviously TR's daddy and that "friend" of his that he went to SA with (apparently for some exotic stuff) are lovers. Dad's going to chase off to Seattle after him and leave the kid in SF. Why don't they just stay in SF? Oh. Seattle at the time had lots of single men I guess.
Good news for "auntie." And he'd never get away with taking that kid away anyway. That post-menopausal dame with a kid that age hanging around is in hog heaven. She's almost lactating when she even lays eyes on the kid.
And hmmm. A single father can't raise a boy, but today, zillions of single and working women raise boys, and no one says a thing.
That crowded house in Seattle with all those kids is a built in daycare center for petesakes. "The boys" could dump TR off there before they head off to work. Seems perfect to me. But I guess they wouldn't be able to have "stag parties."
These Norwegians are a bit annoying for some reason. I just bet this never played on the TV in our Slavic Hunky house. Looks like something my mom wouldn't like.
OK but not a favorite. Betty Hutton was better (and my mom knew Betty Hutton as a kid).
August 20, 2015
“I Remember Mama”
“I remember the big white house on Steiner Street, and my little sister Dagmar, and my big brother Nels, and papa. But most of all, I remember mama.” These words begin each episode of the Television series “I remember Mama ” as the narrator of the story, Katrin Hanson, flips through pictures in her family album. Katrin Hanson is the middle child of a Norwegian-American family living in San Francisco, in 1910. In the episode, “T.R’s Surprise Party” Mama and her family are planning a surprise party for a child called T.R that mama’s sister, Aunt Jenny, took in as her own. Amidst the joy of the party planning, Mr. Ryan, T.R’s absent father, returns with plans to take T.R away from the Hansen family and Aunt Jenny for good.
“I Remember Mama” is a classic domestic comedy series, which are known to portray the ideal family, in their ideal home. This TV series highlights the importance of the nuclear family and the values that a family should hold. Although it is denoted as a comedy, most episodes portrayed dramas and hardships that could affect the family, but in the end the strength of family love and support is enough to withstand any challenges the Hansens face. “I Remember Mama” was originally based on Kathryn Forbes's book ''Mama's Bank Account.” Before a live show, and a play/film, it was a radio show starring Irene Dunne. John Van Druten turned the book into a play and then a film in 1948. “I Remember Mama” is an important precursor of the domestic comedies like, “Father Knows Best,” “Make Room for Daddy,” and “Leave It to Beaver,” that portray the same themes of family, comedy and drama.
The television series was Directed by Don Richerdson, and originally produced by Ralph Nelson. “I Remember mama” ran for eight years, from July 1st, 1949 to March 17, 1957 on CBS Television Network. What makes this show a success in the 1950s is the heart-warming mother figure Martha Hansen, played by Peggy Wood. The rest of the original main cast is Judson Laire as Papa Lars Hansen, Rosemary Rice as Katrin Hanson, Iris Mann as Dagmar Hansen, Dick Van Patten as Nels Hansen, Kevin Coughlin as T.R. Ryan, and Ruth Gates as Aunt Jenny. The main sponsor of “I Remember Mama” took advantage of the charisma of the actors and the family as a whole to advertise for Maxwell House Coffee, which shows that a loving mother like Martha Hansen only serves her family Maxwell House Coffee.